A major player in the social and solidarity economy, the French Red Cross manages a network of more than 600 establishments and services in the health, medico-social and training sectors. It also heads 12 regional health and social training institutes.

Internationally, the CRF operates in 16 countries alongside National Societies and 2 regional platforms (PIRAC and PIROI), on the following themes: Health and Disaster Risk Management.

Just as in the professions it develops and implements in France, the French Red Cross internationally places all its missions in a sustainable humanitarian action plan. This translates into an articulation of emergency, post-emergency, crisis exit and reconstruction activities aimed at the greatest efficiency. The objective is to carry out actions with lasting effects and to allow populations to regain their full autonomy.

Our association also aims to strengthen its presence and promote its priority commitments within the international Movement.

By joining us, you will share our commitment and ethics and develop your skills.

CRF intervention in the area

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the second largest country in Africa, is now home to 95 million inhabitants. A rapidly growing population that is facing a prolonged multi-sectoral crisis. The challenges are immense, both in terms of epidemiology, access to water, sanitation and health, and in terms of protection or food insecurity.

The French Red Cross has been operating in the DRC since 1979 as part of a partnership with the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CRRDC). Since the 2000s, the CRF has had a delegation (permanent office) in Kinshasa, and has mainly carried out health projects in the former Bandundu. Since 2018, the organization has intensified its interventions, with projects focused on the Prevention and Control of Infections (PCI) and diseases of epidemiological nature, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) measures and support for health personnel and centers.

Today, the CRF has a representative office in Kinshasa, a coordination office in Bukavu and a base in Uvira, and wishes to extend its intervention alongside the Red Cross of the DRC in North Kivu, via a response to epidemics (project submitted, but not validated to date).


General mission of the DMI:

Under the hierarchical supervision of the Great Lakes Desk, based at the CRF headquarters, the Head of Delegation Congo/DRC will be responsible for the coordination and strategic positioning of the delegation and will be responsible for the quality of the programmes carried out and the management of financial and logistical resources. Responsible for security, the Head of Delegation ensures that the staff under his/her responsibility respect and understand the Support and Services Agreement between the ICRC and the CRF. He/she is also responsible for good partnership relations with the Red Cross of the DRC.


Mission 1: Ensure coordination and strategic positioning
Mission 2: Ensure operational implementation and monitoring of activities
Mission 3: Supervision of the management of financial and logistical resources
Mission 4: Ensure security management
Mission 5: Ensure monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
Mission 6: Participate in good partnership relations and the development of National Societies
Mission 7: Ensure effective and dynamic management and leadership of the team


Reporting link: Provided by the Great Lakes geographic desk manager in Paris.
Operational link: Ensures the management of all national and expatriate staff of the mission. The head of delegation is the direct manager of 5 expatriates (a base manager, a Monitoring-Evaluation-Accountability-Learning Officer, a Logistics Coordinator, an Admin/Fin Coordinator, a Program Coordinator, a Health Coordinator)

Collaborates internally with:

The assistant desk/program manager in charge of the Great Lakes
Technical and support services at headquarters

Collaborates externally with:

Governance and national executive of the Congolese Red Cross and the Red Cross of the DRC
Ministries supported within the framework of the projects
Humanitarian operational partners and the CR-CR Movement
Technical and financial partners (DG ECHO, DUE, AFD, French Embassy, ​​etc.)

Join us

You want to join a large association that works daily with vulnerable people!

You are looking for meaning and want to flourish within a committed company that upholds values.

You give importance to the principles and values ​​defended and carried by the French Red Cross (Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Volunteering, Unity, Universality)


Desired start date

October 10, 2024

Practical information related to the position

Conditions of employment

Type of status: expatriate
Type of contract: Fixed-term contract under French law/precariousness bonus paid at the end of the contract
End-of-year bonus: equivalent to a 13th month pro rata to the time of presence
Perdiem: daily perdiem which varies depending on the country
Leave: 5 weeks of paid leave/year and 21 days of recovery – Plane ticket covered 100% by the CRf for home/mission travel for 6-month leave
Health coverage: CFE + MSH Mutual (100% covered) – covered 75% by the CRf
MedEvac/repatriation insurance: YES
Other insurance: life insurance (death-disability)


Location: Bukavu- DRC
Duration: 12 months
Available: October 10, 2024

The French Red Cross reserves the right to close a recruitment before the deadline for the announcement and submission of applications. Thank you for your understanding.

If we do not contact you further within 3 weeks, please assume that we are not giving your application a favourable response.

Female applications encouraged.

Online training:

To learn more about the Red Cross Movement, we invite you to follow two online training courses, free and accessible to all. Completing these courses is a plus in your application: WORC (World of Red Cross and Red Crescent): this training covers topics such as the origin and history of the Movement, its fundamental principles, the emblem, the International Federation, the ICRC and the national societies. Stay Safe, for its part, aims to develop a common culture of security management within the Movement. You will find these courses on the International Federation’s Learning Platform: https://ifrc.csod.com/client/ifrc/default.aspx

Qualifications and experience:

Bac+4/5 training in humanitarian project management or equivalent training. Significant experience in an identical position of 3 years required. Experience in volatile security contexts appreciated. Experience in team management desired.


Mandatory job requirements:

Autonomous, versatile, adaptable
Interpersonal skills, diplomatic
Good project management skills
Mastery of IT tools (complete autonomy on Word and Excel)
Writing skills and experience in project writing and report preparation
Good analytical and synthesis skills.

Skills appreciated:

Proficiency in the Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), networking (G-Suite/Google Workspace)
Knowledge of the Red Cross Movement
Knowledge of emergency response mechanisms
Rigor, flexibility and adaptability

Skills related to the specific environment of the mission:

Rigor, flexibility and adaptability
Patience, positivism
Experience in managing personnel from different cultures.
Very good teamwork skills
Comfortable and flexible in institutional relations
Good knowledge or experience of the Red Cross movement
Resistance to workload
Attentive to coordination and communication (field, headquarters, information sharing, etc.)


Excellent level of French required (spoken and written)

How to apply


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